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Wm. D. AKERS, postmaster, Spring Valley, Pierce county, is a son of Peter Akers, who was born in Lynchburg, Va., in 1799, and Maria Eliza, daughter of John and Eleanor Farris.Two children were born to them:John B. and William D., the latter September 12, 1820, in Flemingsburg, Fleming county,Ky.When about four years of age he had the misfortune to lose his mother, so went to live with his grandmother, and received a common-school education.When twenty-two years of age he came to Wisconsin, and worked in the lead mines for sixteen years, then, tiring of that, he moved to Red Wing, Minn.,and went to farming.He married, at Dubuque, Iowa, Mary A., daughter of Elisha and Mary Hodgdon, and four children have been born to them: Virginia A. (Mrs. Vanasse), Julia L. (Mrs. Biedle), Peter and William, all living in Spring Valley. After staying in Minnesota for seven years, he came to Pierce county, Wis., and commenced to clear up a farm in the heavy timber and make a home.He worked in the timber two years, then sold out and went to what is now known as Olivet, stayed there a short time, then built a store in the center of Spring Lake township, being the fifth family to settle in the township.Three years later he moved to Spring Valley, and engaged in business and was appointed postmaster.A few years later he had the mis-fortune to burn out, but his neighbors, like true pioneers, took hold, and soon had a new house put up, and he has since prospered.He has been postmaster for the past seventeen years, and is a notary public.Politicallyhe is a republican, and has been elected to various offices, always discharging his duties satisfactorily to all.In religious matters he is a spiritualist.--Taken from the "Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa ValleyWisconsin Including A General Historical Sketch of the Chippewa Valley;Ancestral Records of Leading Families; Biographies of Representative Citizens, Past and Present; and Portraits of Prominent Men.Edited by George Forrester.Published in Chicago, Illinois by A. Warner. Publisher. 1891-2. Page #602.